Towards textile to textile recycling: Is there a sustainable solution?

Polyester is one of the most widely used polymers all around the world, with applications that span from packaging to textiles. Depending on its use, the material composition can be quite different, with a polyester amount ranging from more than 99% for PET bottles to 25% for some textile products. The most common method for the recycling of plastic waste is mechanical recycling. This process typically includes collection, sorting, washing, and grinding of the material, but a breakdown of polymer chains occurs when the resin goes through multiple cycles, degrading its intrinsic viscosity and limiting the number of times the process can be repeated.

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